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Subject: Re: [boost] [tokenizer] tokenizing by strings rather than chars
From: Stewart, Robert (Robert.Stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2011-05-31 12:53:07

Andrzej Krzemienski wrote:
> Rob Stewart wrote:
> > Andrzej Krzemienski wrote:
> > Spirit.Qi would do that handily. Something like this should
> > work:
> > namespace qi = boost::spirit::qi;
> > std::vector<int> data;
> > qi::phrase_parse(input.begin(), input.end(), *qi::int_,
> > qi::eol, data);
> Thanks for the reply. And could I ask a similar question? I
> wanted to simplify my real task to make it shorter and clearer
> to understand, and it look like I changed it to a different
> one. My apologies.


> My real task is to check if the data in Windows clip-board is a
> column of data (copied from a grid or table). Such a column is
> just text separated with "\n\r" sequences. So, for example
> these are valid data:
> "12" - a column of height 1 with data "12",
> " a\n\r b" - a column of height 2 with two with data " a" and "
> b"
> "-1\n\r\n\r3" - a column of height 3 with datum "-1", empty
> cell, and datum "3".
> The spirit solution above will skip the empty cell in my third
> example. On the other hand, I do need the information about
> empty cells too.

In that case, you'd use qi::parse(), because the qi::eol characters become significant (you don't want them skipped -- ignored). However, there's an issue: you need to know whether you actually got a value since you need to account for empty cells. Presuming that there's a sentinel value to use to indicate no value, such as std::numeric_limits<int>::min(), then, this should work:

qi::parse(input.begin(), input.end(),
         | qi::attr((std::numeric_limits<int>::min)())
>> qi::eol

If there is no sentinel value, then you could use a std::vector<boost::optional<int>> and qi::attr(boost::optional<int>()).


Rob Stewart robert.stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer using std::disclaimer;
Dev Tools & Components
Susquehanna International Group, LLP

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